Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wild Lupines

In some areas of Minnesota Lupine grow wild in the ditches.  We have an area about 40 miles North of us that has a patch of Wild Lupines growing in the ditch.

Lupines near Becida

Lupinus perennis

We caught them at almost peak bloom.  Lupines are native to Minnesota but are usually found over by Lake Superior and the Southern part of the state.

Lupines near becida and Yellow Hawkweed

One bunch had escaped into a clear cut area… the bits of yellow color are Hawkweed. There were some Lupines off to the left that were mainly white. (Seedling variation no doubt.)


It wamed up a bit and got to 70 F…perfect weather!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Quiet Day

Not much was accomplished, it was a quiet cool day.

We went for a ride down to the lake.

Lake View

On the back road we noticed some Elderberry Bushes in bloom.  Soon they will be gone because the birds like them.

Red Elderberry

Red Elderberry  or Sambucus racemosa  The fruit if cooked is edible but the seeds inside the fruit are toxic as are the leaves and stems.  This is NOT the Elderberry that wine is made from those fruits are purple when ripe.

Our high yesterday was 62F or 16C eh! Not exactly summer weather but we might get to 70 F this week!

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Sunday, June 25, 2017


It is a wonderful hobby, and the guys will say that buying supplies …wood, knives, gouges and various bits to fit power carvers is just like women who quilt or sew that never have enough fabric.

Sooner or later everyone finds their niche in carving.  Mine is little bark houses and buildings.  Far Guy carves flowers.  Many of the guys carve ducks and birds.  Sheila who is very talented even carved a old fashioned doll complete with movable joints.

We had an “artist” that joined us three times, he was going to carve one of those drugstore Cigar Indians…life size….he never returned.  We had one weird guy show up and spread out all his carvings on a towel and then just sit there and stare at people, it was as if he was marking his spot.( Like male dogs mark theirs.)  People come and go within the group some are snow birds and some take the summers off.  There are about 8 of us that show up once a week…but that number can swell to 20.

This spring Far Guy designed and carved a Coneflower

Woodcarving Purple coneflower


Purple coneflower carving painted

I painted it for him it is a Purple Coneflower!

coneflower head

The flower head was covered with bits of bark that I was carving one day.  He made good use of my chips.

At the present time I am working on Christmas Ornaments, my goal is to carve and get one ready to paint every day.  Far Guy finished his newest flower that is a beauty and he has asked me to paint it for him.  I took photos and will share them after it is complete.  I would venture to guess that he has about 100 hours in his latest carving. 

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cool Spell

We struggled to get to 60F yesterday or 15C eh! Today and tomorrow we may not even get that warm.

How cool is it?  Cool enough to feel guilty that some people are suffering in the heat.  Cool enough for comfort food, I hardly ever fix a roast with potatoes and gravy in the summer…baked carrots too.   Cool enough that Far Guy retreated to the woodshop/greenhouse to carve.  I carved outside on the patio…my goal is to carve one Christmas ornament a day...it was chilly but I had a coat on.  The house was toasty warm and smelling good from the roast in the oven when I came back inside.

This is May weather not June.  It hardly seems fair, this should be sit outside in the evening weather and enjoy the long daylight hours…not many bugs yet…

My peony

My Peony finally bloomed.

Heads so heavy

My light pink one is a napping variety.  The heads are so heavy they bend over and bloom. What… never heard of a napping variety…ever been so sleepy it is hard to hold your big old head up?

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Hey Mikey : 4 weeks old

We traveled North to see Mikey one afternoon last week.  He is four weeks old today, according to his sweet Mama he eats, sleeps, poops, pees and keeps her busy.  He weighs about ten pounds now.  He is almost out of newborn clothing and into the 0-3 months size.  Maddies says she thinks his legs are scrunched in the newborn size.

Hey Mikey

Hey Mikey you are 26 days old!

Far Guy and I both held him…he was a little fussy.  I put some socks on him and wrapped him up in a warm fuzzy blanket, he had the last ounce of a bottle, I was rewarded with a huge burp and he fell asleep.  In his sleep he smiled, but of course I didn’t get that on camera.

It has been my experience over the years that a warm baby is a happy sleepy baby.  With Jennifer I warmed her bassinet with a heating pad before I put her down to sleep. I often used those old fashioned kimonos that had flaps on the sleeve so that you could cover up their fingers. Socks were a must.  I know it is summer but babies just have a hard time regulating their body temperature if they are warm they stay warm but if they are cold they stay cold and cranky.

Mikey 26 days old

Looking at his Great Grandpa!

Mikey asleep

Asleep courtesy of Great Grandma.

What fun to snuggle with this tiny baby boy.  Such a precious gift from God.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hello Summer

Summer is finally officially here.  My husband says he wants a “do over” for June because the days are going so fast.

Blue Flag Iris June 20 2017

On one of our evening drives we found a wonderful patch of Blug Flag Iris blooming.

near the stream

Iris versicolor a Native to Minnesota plant.  I took this one near another patch on the banks of the Shell River, the water makes a beautiful backdrop.

Iris near the stream

Such a pretty flower!

I think I would like a do over too, there are way too many Wild Flowers to photograph in June!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wistful Wednesday: Generations

A long time ago…well 65 plus years ago I had a photograph taken.

Four Generations 1951

I am the baby along with my Mom, my maternal Grandfather and my Great Grandmother photo taken in 1952.

1972 Four generations Elsie Madeline Trica Connie

Then in 1972 another photo was taken.  My maternal Grandmother, my Mother holding Trica and me.


In 1996 Savannah was born.  Me, Trica with Savannah and my Mother.  This is a unique photo because it is of all the oldest daughters.  My Grandmother died in October of 1995 and Savannah was born in July of 1996.  So my Grandma just missed seeing her first Great  Great Grandchild by nine months.

Four generations Me, Trica, Savannah and Maddie and Madeline 1998

In 1998 we took another photo this time when Maddie was born. Me, Trica, Savannah, Maddie and my Mother.

Now it is 2017 and it was time for a five generations photo.

five Generations

Maddie, Me, Trica and My Mother in front holding Mikey.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rude Awakening

I was sound asleep at 6AM.  Some people may be up by then but I am so not a morning person.

I heard  some sounds…something was hitting the window in the kitchen. It was a rhythmic noise kinda like a pop pop…pop pop.   I grabbed the camera.


Just another Wild Turkey in love with his reflection or else looking for bugs on the window….who really knows for sure.


This particular Wild Turkey had awakened me from a nap one day last week.  He is wandering around in our woods, I think he is a young male turkey.


He did not like me taking his photograph.  So he sauntered off.

Such is life in the woods.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Showy Lady’s Slippers

Just like clockwork the Minnesota State Flower appears near Father’s Day every June.

Lots of slippers

They are beautiful! I look forward to seeing them in bloom every June.

In bud

There are many buds, and the weather has turned rainy and cool so we may have a longer Lady Slipper season than normal.

turned to the side with a flying escort

Some seem as if they are marching along with an escort.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Rain and Father’s Day

It waited until Saturday evening to rain.
Chance behind the roses
It has cooled off. It was 72 F Saturday or 22 C eh, perfect Minnesota in June weather. We are supposed to have a cool week highs in the 60’s during the day.
Raindrops on roses
Raindrops on Wild Roses
Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and to my husband! We took my Mom and Dad to lunch one day last week we have a place we like to go out in the boonies for a burger!  It usually isn’t real busy in mid afternoon and not many perfumy people are there. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!
My Dad May 2017
Great Great Grandparents
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Chance: Daisy Time

Didja know I am a model along with being one of the most handsome Border Collies in all of Minnesota. (Humble too!)

Chance and the daisies

The daisies are in bloom.

Still in the daisies

They are still in bloom, how many photos does she need anyway?

escaping the daisies

Enough already!

I had to stay home all alone one afternoon last week it was too hot to go in the car.  Far Side says “ You cannot go today because you will croak in the car, it is too hot.”  So I stayed all alone.  I did get to visit my friends Odda and Putz one evening, it has been stormy and my best safe spot is under the stairs or underfoot. Evening trips outside are quick and right down to business when it is thundering and windy.

Most days I still go and get the mail with Far Guy unless it is too windy.  They say I sleep a lot…I cannot get into the car by myself anymore…I need some help getting my back end to work with my front end…and someone has to lift my butt up to get into the car.  Far Side says “Getting old sucks Chance.”  I can still hear pretty good most days, and I can see the squirrels and Ravens in the yard and chase them off….and I almost got a chippy one day last week….Far Side says “A dumb chippy or a nearly lucky Chance.” I play a little ball but not for very long. 

At least I am still able to walk amongst the daisies instead of pushing them up!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Stormy Week and a Cooking Adventure

We have had storms a few nights this past week…the old warm meets the cold air stuff.  There are some leaves down from the trees and away from here trees are down and some people were without electricity.  We got about 3-4 inches of rain this week.  Our new rain gauge is a foreign one and we have yet to figure it out.

There was only only one doctor’s appointment this week, a pair of broken glasses fixed, and antibiotics for my tooth troubles.  We began carving on those Christmas ornaments and we tried a new recipe. 

Far Guy thought I was very courageous cooking something that is way out of the box for me.

Sheet Pan Shrimp Broil
1 pound red potatoes cut into chunks
3 ears corn, each cut crosswise into 6 pieces
1/4 cup  - 1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Boudin ( boo-dahn) sausage fron Floyd and Jess in Louisiana

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until just tender and parboiled, about 10-13 minutes. Stir in corn during the last 5 minutes of cooking time; drain well.
In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic and Old Bay Seasoning.
Place potatoes, corn, shrimp and sausage in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Stir in butter mixture and gently toss to combine.
Place into oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and corn is tender

It makes enough for at least two meals, if I make this again I will pare it down some.  It was a good way to use that Boudin Sausage that was languishing in the freezer.  Boudin is a Cajun mixture of meat, rice and seasonings.  Next time I will use a different type of sausage…maybe even a brat or two.

This whole meal is best served with beer…it was an after thought for us!   If you have an old cookie sheet to use on the grill you could put this on the grill too…of course it will take a bit longer.

Just so you know I separated all of these foods on my plate.

Baptisia australis Blue False Indigo

The Baptisia australis is blooming.  It’s common name is Blue False Indigo.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pretty Penstemon

I think a bird relocated some seeds for us.

We have never had a Large Beardtongue or Penstemon grandiflorus outside of the sauna…but we do now.  We had some in a nearby wildflower bed one year.  It is a native wildflower.

Penstemon near the sauna

It is a wonderful plant…one of those no fuss plants that likes the sandy soil.

My abscessed tooth is feeling better, the antibiotics are doing their job.  I will follow up with the dentist soon. He is due back today, he has a small office, it is just him, when he is gone there is no one to cover for him.   If you have a problem you go to the ER and I didn’t feel that it was that much of an emergency.  He will probably change my antibiotics when he returns and schedule an appointment for an xray. I will probably have to see an Oral Surgeon..yippie for me. Oh well for now I won’t put the cart before the horse.

I watched a movie called Wild Oats on Netflix it was pretty good I give it 5 out of 5 stars.  Some parts just cracked me up…especially the phone scene.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day

Today is the day we honor our flag.

Madeline Yliniemi Flag Bearer My Mother was a flag bearer and marched in parades with the American Legion Auxillary.

Here a few more flags.


A flag on Bunker Hill


Flags at Hector International Airport in Fargo ND

Avenue of Flags in Detroit Lakes (2)

Avenue of flags in Detroit Lakes Minnesota

When I was in sixth grade in a two room schoolhouse we had a flag pole and our teacher Mr Martin Cox taught us proper flag ettiquette.  I didn’t know at the time but he was a Veteran and after he served his time at various army bases and a year in Korea he was honorably discharged and took advantage of the GI Bill to further his eduation and become a teacher.

Osage Community Center Oct 2008 (2)

This was the old school house: fifth grade on the left and sixth grade on the right!  In later years it became a Community Center and nowadays it is a rental.

I am certain that the time Mr Cox spent teaching us how to honor and care for The American Flag touched more students than just me. Mr Cox died last winter he was 83 years old.  I wondered then how many students did he teach flag ettiquette to over the course of 32 years?

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